The American Film Institute’s documentary film festival, AFI
DOCS, has revealed the opening and closing night films for its 2014 edition of
the fest. The world premiere of Scott
Teems’ “Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey” will kick off the festival, while
Steve James’ portrait of Roger Ebert, “Life Itself,” is the closer.
“Holbrook/Twain” celebrates actor Hal Holbrook (“The Evening
Sun”) by going behind the scenes of his well-known one-man show “Mark Twain
Tonight,” which has been running continuously over the past six decades.
James’ documentary is based on Ebert’s 2011 memoir of the
same name, and follows the life of the highly influential film critic from his
first career moves, through his success with Gene Siskel as TV’s first critic
personalities, to the devastation of losing his physical voice to cancer and
the ways he navigated that loss to continue his writing. Our TOH!
review of the film out of Sundance is here.
AFI DOCS runs June 18 through 22 in Washington, DC.